Knicks Online https://www.knicksonline.com A Classic New York Knicks Fan Site Sat, 20 Apr 2019 16:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 105559929 Mario Hezonja shines in Knicks’ loss to Magic https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/mario-hezonja-shines-in-knicks-loss-to-magic.html https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/mario-hezonja-shines-in-knicks-loss-to-magic.html#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2019 14:51:40 +0000 https://www.knicksonline.com/?p=411304 Mario Hezonja scored a career-high 29 points but his effort wasn’t enough for the Knicks to connect back to back wins as they dropped their 63rd game of the season, 100-114 in Orlando against his former team.


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Knicks 26 19 29 26 100
Magic 26 32 27 29 114

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Coach David Fizdale had promised him earlier in the season that he will start him in their last game against the Magic no matter what.

“I told him earlier in the season, I said the last game we play against Orlando, no matter where you are in the rotation, I promise I’ll start you.”

Dave Fizdale

 

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Hezonja was one rebound away from locking a double double, dished 5 dimes and shot 50% from the field while logging 34 minutes on the court. He got into a thing with the mascot and the crowd after blocking Stuff’s over-the-head halfcourt shot but won them back after the second attempt when the two hugged.

The Knicks trailed by as many as 16 in the third quarter, then cut it to just two in the same act but faded in the fourth as the Magic won their 39th game.

Kevin Knox dropped 21 points and shot 7-13 from the field and Emmanuel Mudiay finished in double-double with 13 buckets and 10 assists. Mitchell Robinson had 12 points, 9 boards, 3 dimes and 2 blocks.

The Magic wer eled by Nikola Vucevic’s 29 points and 13 rebounds, Terrence Ross added 23 off the bench while Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon contributed with 19 points each.

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Knicks beat the Bulls 105-113 on April Fools at the Garden https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/knicks-beat-the-bulls-105-113-on-april-fools-at-the-garden.html https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/knicks-beat-the-bulls-105-113-on-april-fools-at-the-garden.html#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2019 16:10:02 +0000 https://www.knicksonline.com/?p=411249 With a Madison Square Garden close to full capacity in spite of their worst season in history, the New York Knicks have defeated Chicago Bulls 105-113, stripping a six game losing streak.


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Bulls 19 28 30 28 105
Knicks 37 27 27 22 113

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In a game that had nothing to do with an almost forgotten rivalry, the Bulls had one of their most awkward starting lineups of the season with names such as Walt Lemon Jr., Shaquille Harrison, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot or Wayne Selden Jr. If it hadn’t been for veteran Robin Lopez, we could have mistaken the Bulls for a G-League team.

On the other side, coach Dave Fizdale decided to rest two of his starters (Mario Hezonja and DeAndre Jordan) and insert Luke Kornet and the block machine Mitchell Robinson instead in the starting lineup.

And this proved to be an extremely effective decision as all of Knicks’ starters finished in double figures, a rare performance for New York.

Kornet led his team with a career-high 24 points (his previous being 23), six rebounds and three blocks. He also shot awesome from the field, going 8-11, including 5-7 from behind the arc.

Kevin Knox started the game extremely well, putting 11 points on the scoreboard while shooting 4-7 from the field in the first quarter but he faded as the game advanced. On the remaining three quarters he added just 8 more points and shot 2-8. He did grabbed 9 rebounds and was this close of finishing in double-double.

Damyean Dotson, however, is having one of his best seasons and his improvement under coach Fizdale’s system can easily be seen. Dotson has turned into a ferocious sharp shooter and dropped 18 points against Chicago, all of them from behind the three points line, missing just one of his seven attempts.

Emmanuel Mudiay contributed with 17 buckets and Robinson had 14 points and 10 boards. The rookie also added 3 blocks to his stats and now he sums a total of 150 with five games left to play. He now owns the franchise record for the most blocks in a season by a rookie and didn’t have a block-less game since December 12th. That’s 34 straight games with at least one block!

The Knicks went hard from the start on the Bulls and set the largest lead in the second quarter when the score was 31-59. The Bulls, led by Lopez, who finished with a game-high 29 points, worked on a comeback and cut the lead to just five points with under eight minutes on the clock but couldn’t do more and admitted defeat.

Jakarr Sampson scored 22 points off the bench and Ryan Arcidiacono added another 14 for Chicago, who fell 21-57.

The last time the Knicks defeated the Bulls was on March 19, 2018.

The season is coming to an and soon and if fans were to make NBA playoffs predictions, then these two teams are nowhere near the board.

The Knicks, who now improved 15-62 continue to lead the Zion Ball with the worst NBA record and only a terrible accident would make them lose the first chance of winning the lottery.

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Knicks beat the Lakers after a heroic fourth quarter https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/knicks-beat-the-lakers-after-a-heroic-fourth-quarter.html https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/knicks-beat-the-lakers-after-a-heroic-fourth-quarter.html#respond Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:56:23 +0000 https://www.knicksonline.com/?p=410841 In spite of playing at noon, the New York Knicks pulled the strings on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, and beat them down the stretch 123-124.


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Lakers 30 36 30 27 123
Knicks 41 22 31 30 124

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It was one of those games that the Knicks have played all season long, with a good first half, then collapsing during the third and fourth. But this time, there was a twist.

Down by 11 points with less then four minutes on the clock, the Knicks finished with an 13-1 run, taking advantage of the struggling James, who in spite of a game high 33 points, he missed 11 field goal attempts in the final quarter, including the decisive one against Mario Hezonja, who had the difficult assignment of guarding the league’s finest.

After Emmanuel Mudiay made a couple of free throws to put the Knicks up for the first time since the third quarter, the Lakers had exactly 22 seconds to win the game.

James, who shot most of Lakers’ fourth quarter shots (15 vs 13 – the rest of his team), wanted to have the last say but as he drove in, attacking the basket, Hezonja’s defense got the best of him, and Mario’s long arm blocked LeBron’s final attempt and DeAndre Jordan grabbed the loose ball as times expired.

Mudiay led the Knicks with 28 points and 8 assists as the starting point guard, and Damyean Dotson followed with 25 and 6 rebounds. Dotson made 13 points in the first quarter as the Knicks scored a season high 41 buckets in the opening act.

Kevin Knox ended up with 19 points shooting 8-14 from the field and Hezonja added 17 points and 8 boards. Jordan scored 15 and collected a game high 17 rebounds.

For the Lakers (31-39), Kyle Kuzma scored 18, Reggie Bullock added 14 and JaVale McGee, Alex Caruso and Jonathan Williams contributed with 12 points each.

The Lakers will miss the playoffs again, for the sixth straight season. Just like the Knicks, the purple & yellow haven’t been in post season since 2013. For LeBron James, this is the first time since his first two seasons in the NBA with no playoffs, after eight consecutive final appearances.

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Mitchell Robinson: are we seeing a major star developing for the Knicks? https://www.knicksonline.com/columns/mitchell-robinson-are-we-seeing-a-major-star-developing-for-the-knicks.html https://www.knicksonline.com/columns/mitchell-robinson-are-we-seeing-a-major-star-developing-for-the-knicks.html#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2019 18:42:53 +0000 https://www.knicksonline.com/?p=410769 As the 2018/19 NBA season begins to come to its climax, New York Knicks fans will be looking forward to saying goodbye to it. Head coach David Fizdale certainly seems to have some rebuilding to do before the next campaign to make next year a better one all round.

One big glimmer of hope for him is rookie Mitchell Robinson, a second rounder of 2018. A real bright spark for the Knicks this time around, fans will hope that a team can be built to make the most of his prodigious talents.

Can Robinson make a big impact on how the Knicks fare?

 Although the 2018/19 season is not technically over yet, Knicks fans know that the playoffs are gone and will be looking forward to next year. The burning question is, can a relatively inexperienced player such as Robinson be something to power them to success next time around?

The answer for many NBA followers is a resounding “Yes”. Already, he has shown what he can bring to the team. He also gives the Knicks a real advantage on alley-oops and slam dunks with his 7 foot 1 height advantage.

As a Knicks fan, this is certainly something to keep in mind, especially if you’re backing them to win. The impact that Robinson could have next year should not only see you get great game odds on the Knicks to win but also the player to bag points. Just make sure to choose the best NJ online sports betting operators for the most reliable odds to monitor the team and player throughout the upcoming season.

What has been behind Robinson’s development this season?

There is no doubt that the progress that Robinson has made is one of the few good things that Knicks fans have seen this year. Here is what has helped this development since he headed to New York:

  • Great mentors – as a rookie this year, Robinson needed great help and advice to develop into a top player. While still a work in progress, this has certainly happened to some extent. Many people look at the influence that seasoned pros such as Kerry Kittles and DeAndre Jordan have had here. Kittles in particular has shown Robinson where his defensive game could improve and helped his development there. This type of superb mentorship has really allowed Robinson to blossom.
  • Team playing to his strengths – there is no doubt that Mitchell Robinson’s height and reach are one of his main weapons. This year has seen him get the game time and experience needed to develop from the team playing to these strengths. Knicks players know that any lob toward the opponent’s rim will be easy for Robinson to grab and dunk. By making this a well-used tactic, they have allowed him to build his confidence and show what he can do.
  • Improved fitness – it is always true that talent on its own is not enough. You must also put in the hard work. This is especially true when it comes to fitness. Being in good shape will not only keep injuries at bay but also give you the stamina to play at your peak all game. Robinson has really put in the gym work and extra practice recently to aid his development over the season.
  • Constant learning and developing skills – no player ever has all they need when starting out, and Robinson is no exception. A real desire to learn and fill in gaps in his game has been shown though to grow. Knicks head coach David Fizdale has already noted that Mitchell Robinson did not really understand pick and roll spacing when first with the Knicks but has listened to become much better at it. This desire to learn and pick up new skills as a player has really helped him. As the apparent lack of basketball intelligence and game management were one of the concerns around him, the progress that he has made here is valuable.

Mitchell Robinson could be a star man in 2019/20

 There was no doubt that Robinson was a talented player when he was picked up from the draft last season. There was also no doubt that he needed to develop parts of his game and his general reading of the sport. Many therefore will have been pleased to see his progress during the latter half of 2018/19 and the way that he has worked hard to become better. All this points to a valuable player for the Knicks to have on board next year, who could be a major star for them.

 

 

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Mitchell Robinson sets new highs as the Knicks connect another win, against the Magic https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/mitchell-robinson-sets-new-highs-as-the-knicks-connect-another-win-against-the-magic.html https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/mitchell-robinson-sets-new-highs-as-the-knicks-connect-another-win-against-the-magic.html#respond Wed, 27 Feb 2019 16:46:53 +0000 https://www.knicksonline.com/?p=410398 Whether the Knicks are tanking or not it’s a question that few people could honestly answer considering the last four games they played. Last night, they successfully connected back to back wins for the first tie since November and for the second time this season, after defeating the Magic 108-103 at the Garden.


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Magic 34 27 29 13 103
Knicks 20 36 22 30 108

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Last night, the bench took over and outscored the starters 75-33 in one of the most epic comebacks.

 

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The Knicks were led by 15 points early in the second quarter and by 14 late in the third and then, the unexpected happened.

Allonzo Trier scored 12 of his total 18 points in the final act and was the key of the turnaround, making shots and connecting alley-oops when it mattered most.

“I was able to get some space, and that’s all I need to operate one-on-one.”

Allonzo Trier

However, the story of the night was Mitchell Robinson. The 7’1 rookie became the first Knicks rookie to block at least 5 shots in consecutive games according to Elias Sports and joined Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson and Tim Duncan among the other rookies who accomplished such a thing while finishing in double-doubles.

Last night, MitchRob had 17 points, 14 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 steals after two nights earlier he put up similar numbers, a stunning performance for a second rounder in his rookie year.

Emmanuel Mudiay led the Knicks with 19 points and 8 rebounds off the bench, while new addition Henry Ellenson dropped 13 buckets, collected 9 boards and dished 5 assists in his debut. He couldn’t believe himself he would get so much play time on his first game.

“Coach Fiz left me in there for a while. I looked back a couple of times because I didn’t expect it. He just gave me an opportunity to go out there and play. It was a lot of fun. I couldn’t tell you the last time I played 36 minutes.”

Henry Ellenson

No starter finished in double figures.

For the Magic Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points each and Jonatan Isaac added 16. Their bench combined just 7 points.

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Knicks come up with rare win against the Spurs on Oscars night https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/knicks-come-up-with-rare-win-against-the-spurs-on-oscars-night.html https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/knicks-come-up-with-rare-win-against-the-spurs-on-oscars-night.html#respond Mon, 25 Feb 2019 16:57:52 +0000 https://www.knicksonline.com/?p=410339 It doesn’t happen very often for a lottery team to have a winning record late in the season, but the Knicks are now 2-1 on their last three games, after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 last night at the Garden.


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Spurs 26 27 30 35 118
Knicks 30 32 32 36 130

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And it didn’t happen on any given night, it was the night when Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman got the award in the Best Adapted Screenplay category while Samuel L. Jackson taunted Lee.

The Knicks haven’t won a game at home since December 1st and this time they did it by scoring 30 points or more in each and every quarter. They won all four acts against one of the league’s top teams.

“It’s major. We’ve been having our fans come out and support every night and haven’t won here since Dec. 1. I wasn’t part of that one, so I’m glad that we could get it tonight and just give the fans something to see.”

Dennis Smith Jr.

Damyean Dotson led the Knicks with 27 points and for the first time in his career connected games with 20 points or more, after his performance against the Timberwolves on Friday night.

 

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Mitchell Robinson, who finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds also set a personal record, logging his third game of the season with at least 5 blocks.

Smith, Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay scored each 19 points, with Knox also grabbing 10 boards and Smith dishing 13 dimes. Lance Thomas finished with a rare 16 points and 7 rebounds performance.

The Spurs were led by DeMarr DeRozan’s 32 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 18. No Spur finished in double-double, although both DeRozan and Jakob Poetl were each 1 rebound away.

In the end, the Knicks got standing ovations from the 18.000 people crowd as they avoided tying the 1993/94 Dallas Mavericks for the longest home losing streak. New York ended it after 18 losses.

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Whom should the Knicks sign during upcoming offseason? https://www.knicksonline.com/columns/whom-should-the-knicks-sign-during-upcoming-offseason.html https://www.knicksonline.com/columns/whom-should-the-knicks-sign-during-upcoming-offseason.html#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:56:16 +0000 https://www.knicksonline.com/?p=410234 After clearing cap space, thanks to Kristaps Porzingis being traded, Knicks’ payroll for 2019-2020 has a total of $35,245,579. Since the salary cap is expected to rise to $109 million next season, NYK are in position to sign a superstar or two. Hence, lets break down top 3 leagues’ superstars that are eligible to become free agents on the upcoming trade window:

Kevin Durant (player option in 2019)

Kevin Durant was selected by Seattle Supersonics in 2007 draft and spent nine years with the relocated Oklahoma City Thunder.

During this spell he made his way to the Finals in 2012 but got hammered 4-1 by the Miami Heat. After a string of unsuccessful tries in the following years Durant has decided enough is enough and joined the team that beat OKC in the 2016 Western Conference finals – the Golden State Warriors. Since then he has won back-to-back titles with them and was named both times the Finals’ MVP.

Hence, there is still a thing for KD to prove, namely that he can be a cornerstone of the franchise instead of one of the cogs in Steven Kerr’s machine. Madison Square Garden, the electric crowd full of celebrities and tons of cap space available to work with is something you have to think when you enter the final year of your contract, especially if you already have a ring or two.

Kyrie Irving (player option in 2019)

Kyrie Irving was reluctant to commit verbally to the Boston Celtics when asked about his decision during upcoming offseason, replying: “ask me July 1st“.

Knowing how turbulent things have been for Kyrie and Boston during past year it will be no surprise if Uncle Drew decides to look for a team elsewhere.

Likewise KD, Kyrie already has a ring and is a super star caliber player with variety of NBA2K player moves. Pairing these two seems like a dream come true for some fantasy draft enthusiasts and this might be the year when the dream may become reality.

Signs that Kyrie has matured by apologizing to Lebron James signifies that he no longer wants to take a burden of being the sole leader of a team and if you are willing to play him along with a guy as KD it could be a nice fit.

Kawhi Leonard (player option in 2019)

With the Claw you never know what is on his mind but one thing is clear and this is the fact that Kawhi will sign a max contract during this offseason.

Toronto can offer him one but knowing that he has recently bought a house in Southern California that outcome is not very likely to happen. However, since that new house is located in a three hours drive from where Clippers have their practices, this argument leads to the idea that maybe this purchase does not mean that much.

Thus, New York can try to sign him as well. The only problem is that Kawhi is not the flashiest player in the world. On the contrary, he is highly conservative by preferring to shoot mostly 2 pointers in a 3pt dominant era, despite of having a solid percentage from the outside the arc (36.3% this season and 38.3% career). What makes him stand out is his defensive abilities, high percentage post up plays and high basketball IQ.

After all, building your franchise around a player with such skill set is a great idea to go for but will he be willing to go for it as well?

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Whatever is the outcome of the upcoming offseason trade window one thing is certain: building a NBA super team is not an easy task to do and building a championship winning super team is something that only a chosen cohort of teams have done. Will Knicks become one of them or will they continue the trend of signing super stars and wasting their talent? That is something that only time will show.

Other notable mentions of possible signings are: DeMarcus Cousins, Kemba Walker, Paul Milsap, Klay Thompson, Khris Middleton, Tobias Harris, Eric Bledsoe and Jimmy Butler.

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Knicks snap an 18 games losing streak with win in Atlanta https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/knicks-snap-an-18-games-losing-streak-with-win-in-atlanta.html https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/knicks-snap-an-18-games-losing-streak-with-win-in-atlanta.html#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 01:33:42 +0000 https://www.knicksonline.com/?p=410142 And the losing streak finally came to an end. After six weeks in which the Knicks drowned until the bottom of the standings, losing 18 straight games and setting a franchise low record, New York has finally got the win, on Thursday night, in Atlanta, 106-91, winning the series 3-1.


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Knicks 28 26 28 24 106
Hawks 13 38 22 18 91

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The Knicks started the game with a 14-0 run, were tied just before halftime, then forced their way again to build a 17 points lead in the final minute of the game that brought them their 11th win of the season.

“It would’ve been very easy for us to check out and get on to wherever we’re going to go, but we were desperate men. Those guys wanted this game really badly, and they came out and showed it.”

David Fizdale

Dennis Smith Jr. led them with 19 points and 7 assists in hist first win since traded to New York, and had an exceptional game.

“We came in, me and [DeAndre Jordan] came into a situation with a team on a losing streak and obviously it was up to us to change it. It took us a little minute to do it, but now we finally turned it around. We’ll try to get on the opposite side of that hill, start moving in a good direction.”

Dennis Smith Jr.

The two G-League signees, Kadeem Allen and John Jenkins scored 14 buckets each, off the bench, and Allen was just 1 assist away from a double-double. Damyean Dotson added 13 points while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 13 boards.

The last time the Knicks had won a game was January 4th at Staples Center, against a Lebron-less Los Angeles Lakers.

The Hawks (19-39) were led by Dewayne Dedmon’s 21 points. Trae Young scored 16 and dished 11 dimes.

 

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Kevin Knox with the highlight dunk over Ben Simmons https://www.knicksonline.com/video/kevin-knox-with-the-highlight-dunk-over-ben-simmons.html https://www.knicksonline.com/video/kevin-knox-with-the-highlight-dunk-over-ben-simmons.html#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:10:11 +0000 https://www.knicksonline.com/?p=410063 Kevin Knox posterizing Ben Simmons last night at MSG. Put this in the history books.

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Knicks set franchise low as they drop 17th straight https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/knicks-set-franchise-low-as-they-drop-17th-straight.html https://www.knicksonline.com/recaps/knicks-set-franchise-low-as-they-drop-17th-straight.html#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:55:45 +0000 https://www.knicksonline.com/?p=410007 The New York Knicks set a new franchise low as they fell 107-104 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in what most called the “Zion Ball”.


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Knicks 22 26 31 25 104
Cavaliers 30 33 26 18 107

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It was the 17th straight loss for the Knicks, the longest streak in history, and it was against the team that owns the second worst record in the league.

The Knicks trailed by as many as 17 early in the third quarter before going on an 11-0 run, and cut the lead to just one in the final minute after Luke Kornet‘s long three. Kornet had previously made another three but missed his third with 21 seconds left on the clock, allowing the Cavs to increase their lead to three.

John Jenkins, who was signed to a 10 days contract earlier before the tip-off, missed a three pointer in the closing seconds that could had sent the game into overtime. Dennis Smith Jr. made the rebound and tried desperately to drown a corner three as the buzzer went out but in vain.

“No one wants to lose, especially 17 in a row. Tonight would’ve been major for us if we’d have pulled it out.”

Dennis Smith Jr.

The Knicks were led by the G-League call-up, Kadeem Allen, who had a career night, finishing with 25 points off the bench while shooting 10-16 from the field. Kevin Knox scored 13 and DeAndre Jordan was in double-double with 12 buckets and 10 boards. Smith Jr. had 10 points, same as Mitchell Robinson who came off the bench.

The Cavaliers were led by rookie Colin Sexton who scored 20 points and made the late free throws that set the final score. Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson (off the bench) added 15 points each.

Both teams are in the race for winning the lottery and both teams needed this L to increase their chances of landing top prospect Zion Williamson. In the end, the Knicks were the “lucky” ones and their odds in the world of online sportsbooks of going into draft with the first pick have certainly grown.

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